Message from the Chair

It is because of the immense talent in London that the not-for-profit Jack Richardson London Music Awards (JRLMA) exists. We are here to preserve the incredible talent of the past, celebrate the music makers of today and encourage a new generation of musicians to explore, play and ply their music craft right here in London.

Putting together a show of this caliber is hard work and extremely time consuming and this year we expanded the scope creating – Jack Richardson London Music Week. It’s the biggest celebration of London music ever. We continue to encourage young musicians with Jack’s Battle of the High School Bands and by awarding the JRLMA Ken Palmer Bursary; a scholarship for graduating London high school students. As we continue to honour and preserve our city’s music past on November 12th, 2016 we opened the Jack Richardson London Music Hall of Fame at 182 Dundas Street.

We started planning this year’s awards show last October and some thirty volunteers have brought their talents and dedication to the table because they too believe in the music community of the Forest City. All Steering Committee members donate their time, energy and talent but they do not get paid. We could never achieve such success without the people who have worked so tirelessly to bring you the 2016 Jack Richardson London Music Awards. I thank each and every one of you for your hard work! Thank you for believing in this project and the music makers that comprise London’s music community.

I would also like thank all of our generous partners and sponsors who have stepped forward to make the JRLMAs a big success. New this year is the support and guidance of the fine folks at Downtown London, the London Arts Council with support through London Arts Live, London Economic Development Corporation and Tourism London. The JRLMA has also formed a relationship with the City of London Music Office.  They believe in what we are doing. Our sponsors and supporters have helped to make the Jack Richardson London Music Awards 2017 the biggest celebration of London and area music!

From Guy Lombardo to Garth Hudson (The Band), from Tommy Hunter to Kittie from Marie Bottrell to Denise Pelley and all the great musicians in-between and throughout the decades; there is no doubt in my mind, Londoners make world class music. I salute you!

Kind regards,

MP Circelli
Chair, Jack Richardson London Music Awards

Our Goals & Objectives:

  • To support the careers of emerging and established musicians in the local area through:

    • Acting as a resource for those interested in the music industry
    • Promoting music education
    • Providing instructional seminars, workshops and other materials or programs on relevant topics 
    • Educating musicians through participation in performance events
    • Facilitating mentorship opportunities
    • Increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the local music industry both past and present
    • Promoting interest in music amongst youth
    • To recognize the achievements of musicians and others in the local music communitythrough The Jack Richardson London Music Awards, Jack Richardson London Music Week (JRLMW) and other forms of recognition from time to time
    • To host events that bring together members of the local music community

The Nomination Process

The JRLMA Board of Directors appoints a Nomination Chair for each category annually in order to help establish our final list of nominees. Nomination Chairs must be active in the London and area Music Community, with specific expertise in regards to their assigned category. Each Nomination Chair is required to establish a committee of category experts (minimum three people) with advisement from the JRLMA Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee then submits a list of possible nominees to the JRLMA Board of Directors ahead of public voting. The JRLMA Board of Directors may approve or revise before the list is made available to the public for voting. 

JRLMA Artist Nomination Eligibility:

  • Artists should have performed in London or surrounding area (See catchment map below) at least once during the awards year (April to April)
  • Artists should have released at least one new song during the awards year (April to April)
  • Artist are not eligible to win a JRLMA Award in the same category two years in a row
  • Active in London and area music community
  • Artist or majority of band members must be from London, Ontario and / or surrounding area (See catchment map below)